Healthcare is about serving the health and wellness needs of people, but it also is about serving the economic health and wellness of a state, region and community. Healthcare is an economic driver that can enhance the business competitiveness of the state and create jobs and wealth. In fact, Mississippi hospitals account for 5.7% of all state-wide employment, with a total economic impact of $5.8 billion.
State business and political leaders recognize healthcare has the potential for not only significant short-term health and economic impacts, but also long-term economic growth. That is why Blueprint Mississippi set healthcare as one of its targeted goals for Mississippi's future economic success.
The Blueprint Mississippi:Healthcare study was commissioned to examine aspects of the Mississippi healthcare sector and provide solid implementation strategies to support:
A healthy, productive population enhances the prospects of business attraction, retention and growth.
Quality of Life
Accessible, affordable healthcare improves the lives of Mississippians and provides a better quality of place because of availablity of quality services, as well as jobs and opportunities from all the facets of the healthcare system.
Healthier workers will reduce lost time due to illness and will increase productivity, improving Mississippi's competitiveness, growth and sustainability.
Creation of Economic Wealth
Growth of a statewide healthcare industry cluster and collaboration across this economic sector will contribute jobs and encourage wealth creations.